As of May 1, U.S. hay stocks were 21.4 million tons, nearly 1 million below levels a year ago. All hay production in 2011/12, at 131.1 million tons, is down 10 percent from the previous year. RCAUs for 2011/12 are down just over 2 percent and are expected to slide further in 2012/13. All hay stored on farms May 1, 2012, totaled 21.4 million tons, down 4 percent from a year ago. Disappearance from December 1, 2011, through May 1, 2012, totaled 69.3 million tons, compared with 79.9 million tons for the same period a year ago. This is the smallest disappearance during the 6-month period since 1985. Hay disappearance per RCAU for the entire 2011/12 hay marketing year (May 1 through April 30) fell to 1.947 tons, down from the 2010/11 estimate of 2.082 tons.